The most basic form of requirement in an Agile project is the User Story. It describes an actor, what the actor is trying to do, and the actor’s goals. Each story is unique, but they all should have the same components and adhere to the same guidelines. To make this happen, consider the acronym INVEST.
Changes, even when they are for the better of your project, come at a price. But it can be difficult to measure the true cost. Let’s look at five types of hidden costs that change can bring to a project, from the schedule to team performance, and what we as project managers can do about them.
You can't build realistic forecasts without taking into account potential risks. So when it comes to creating project schedules, why is risk so often addressed as a separate exercise? To properly accommodate for uncertainty we need to embed and intertwine these processes within our tools. We need risk-adjusted scheduling.
What are the pros (and potential cons) of applying psychological tools like social engineering, aikido and body language to your projects? Rachel Gertz, co-owner of training school Louder Than Ten, discusses how these concepts can be used by project managers to protect teams, connect with clients and ultimately deliver better results. [18:00]
So much hinges on the project schedule, yet so few team members contribute to it. Whatsmore, they typically don’t care about critical paths, constraints and other building blocks; they just want to know “what, where and when.” We're overdue for consensus-based planning tools that bridge execution and analytics.
How do strategic or organizational risk processes integrate with project-level risk management without causing duplication of effort or confusion? Let’s consider three categories of interaction between the organization’s portfolio and its individual projects.
In part five of our six-part series, we consider team structure and recommend a co-manager model that pairs the OPM with a client, business analyst or subject matter expert. This model facilitates meaningful stakeholder involvement while addressing the OPM’s challenges of juggling multiple responsibilities and sharing resources with competing priorities.
Can the practice of stress testing improve the way we manage risk on our projects and programs? Yes, and here are two ways we can use this important approach, from identification of risk to organizational readiness.
Poor requirements management is costing organizations $51 million for every $1 billion spent on their strategic initiatives, according to new research by Project Management Institute. But focusing on people, processes and culture can raise requirements management maturity and greatly improve outcomes.
A benchmark study shows project management offices continue to expand their influence as strategic resources for their organizations. In addition, high-performing PMOs improved the alignment of projects with strategy by 53 percent. Top priorities this year include implementing various processes to improve strategic capability.
Earlier this week we posted a podcast interview between myself and amazing Rachel Gertz from Louder than Ten. Once of the topics we talked about was the idea of providing training in Social Enginee... Posted in: The Reluctant Agilist
Let’s face it, no one process, tool, or methodology works for every project. Those are big words to put here on projectsatwork.com, I know. But it’s true. The way you handle your projec... Posted in: The Digital PM
I thought I posted this earlier in the month. I guess I didn't. Must have been a "senior moment."
Google X is the research and development arm of Google. Google ... Posted in: People, Planet, Profits & Projects
I promised to explore some more points from the McKinsey Global Survey results. The on-line survey was available from February 11th, 2014 – February 21st, 2014. According to th... Posted in: People, Planet, Profits & Projects
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